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e yesterday. now the fbi is joining in the investigation. a u.s. officials telling cnn that's because the attacks are very similar to the paris killings. earlier today danish police made two arrests and killed the suspected gunman. they tracked him down with surveillance video. the alleged gunman later died in a shootout with police. hours later, police arrested two suspects at an internet cafe not far from that shootout. we are waiting to find out their connection their possible connection with this case. all told two people died five police officers were shots at
two separate locations and injured, the first at a free speech forum, the second shooting taking place ten hours later at a synagogue. we now know that one of the victims was a 55-year-old film director by the name of finn norgaard. >> as soon as the first attack happened we hight send our presence by the synagogue, this is standard procedure. that's one of the reasons it didn't turn into something much worse than we saw. it doesn't change the fad we have had two citizens that were doing what they do. one was volunteers and another going to be a debating seminar. normal activities we appreciate in a democracy. that's why we are so saddened that they were no longer here today. >> let's go to copenhagen.
nic robertson is tracking developments. nic, what are police saying about whether the gunman is in any way connected to the two people arrest daded today? >> reporter: the police aren't making that direct connection yet. though the raid at the internet cafe took place about half a mile from where i am which is where that suspect gunman was killed by the police in the early hours of the morning, so certainly there's a lot of proximity there, but police are not says what the connection is. they are giving us details. they taye she was 22 years old, he was born in denmark, that he had a criminal record some of it for illegally holding weapons that he was violent, and that he also had been in criminal games he may have inspired by the
attacks in paris, and they say may have been inspired by radical islamic groups like isis. to gangs in the past armed, but also it appears -- >> but not believed to be connected to any type of network or radical group? >> reporter: you know that's one of the biggest concerns and top priorities. there is still hight send security in copenhagen. police are worried he may have associates through groups like isis or other jihadist groups. they're concerned as well there may be copycat type of attacks, so at the moment it does appear as if the police are trying to gather as much information as they can about him, cell phones computers, certainly they found a weapon and some of the
clothing as well. all of that will paint that detailed picture that the police need to give themselves a level of comfort there's not a follow-on attack likely to come. >> nic, thank you so much. let's bring in tara miller and paul crook shank. good to see both of you. tara you first, as the fbi is not involved in this investigation, already some officials saying they see real parallels between the attack taking place there in denmark and the attacks that took place in paris. what kind of similarities are you seeing? >> on the surface there are some similarities but also some differences. the time of the attack that it seems like this individual may not be operating -- there are key differences. there haven't been any claims from groups about their involvement. there hasn't been any evidence in terms of the ties to this individual in terms of travels
overseas or tie toss groups like isis. in the paris case a lot of that information did trickle out pretty fast in terms of the individuals involved and individuals they had connected with. i think there are some similarities on the surface in terms of the type of attack but there are also some differences. i think it will become clearer how similar they are as more information trickles out. >> paul isis and groups like al qaeda, they kind of get what they want even if there's no direct association, because we already heard from officials that they believe this gunman was inspired by radicalists, maybe even inspired by the attack in paris. >> well that's right, inspired by that attack on "charlie hebdo," and also the attack on the jewish supermarket. we call in copenhagen both cartoonists and also a jewish center going being started, so very strong similarities to
paris. this may well by a copycat attack. my understanding is investigators are looking at the lone wolf angle right now. for the moment they don't believe they traveled to get training. they think he's more of the lone wolf variety at this point. obviously the investigation is in its early stages but they'll be looking to see what kind of contacts he had in the extremist scene in copenhagen and denmark, fred. >> so i imagine tara this makes it a lot more challenging for counter-terrorism, law enforcement to try to prevent if you have the case of lone wolfs. they're not necessarily corresponding with anybody, coordinating but perhaps their behavior is strange leading up to the event like you know accumulating arms to the degree this alleged gunman may have done. i mean help suskind of understand what law enforcement or counter-terrorism sxerds are up against when they don't
necessarily have a trail in which to follow like you do if someone is associated with a terror group or network? >> sure. obviously a lone wolf doesn't have the capacity to carry out or inflict as much damages as a highly advanced attack that employs lots of money and resources. having said that the more resources, the more individuals involved the more ties back to an arguization, the more nodes of interception to be caught because they're being monitored in various ways. when you have a lone wolf or in this case if it was an individual inspired and acting alone based on rhetoric or 1i6r7ly just seeing the paris attacks on the tv screen as home it's more difficult for law enforcement to see red flags. obviously he had a criminal history in terms of violence and i believe it recently came out today he had been i think, recently released from prison for other aggravated assaults and violence but there are many individuals who have silent criminal hi torries and don't
end been being inspired by attacks of these sorts. so it's more different for the intelligence to be collected to shall wart these types of attacks. it's horrific that one individual can do this but also very difficult to thwart. >> paul how do you spiel specialists navigating this kind of landscape? >> it's going to be very, very hard for the reasons that tara has been outlining. you can monitor social media, web sites, see if extremists are on there, if there's warning signs that they're moving toward belief towards action but it's very, very hard in these lone wolf type of situations. often you can try intelligence from family members or friends that can be tip-offs but they found it very hard to detect these kind of plots, even when individuals have been on the radar screen. we saw in canada and other plots
in europe even when they're on the radar screen they're able to move forward. the reason is you can't monitor all these people 24/7. there are thousands of extremists right throughout the union experience both from this lone wolf stye level, but also to link up with jihadi groups about 750 believed to be back in europe right now. >> yeah pretty extraordinary. paul tang you, and tara, i appreciate it. >> thanks a lot. and this breaking story very different to report. this about a new wave of terror committed by eye sill. a new video has been released they're claiming to have beheaded a large group of kris can men in libya. we understand this includes
coptic christians there in libya? >> reporter: that's right. koppett coptic christians tend to go to libya to continued find jobs. these 21 men were kidnapped by isis in libya. this new five-minute video shows what we can count at least 13 men being beheaded there there's a lone militant speaking in english the message speaking in english, referencing the egyptian coptic christians isis militants that are in sinai and also references rome as well
this is a message for europe right on libya's doorstep also a message for the isis militants in sinai. egypt is sand wished between what you have in the east and what you have in the west these militants, really showing isis has a firm presence now in libya. we had the attack at the hotel in trip poly tripoli. >> ian lee, thank you so much from cairo. we'll be right back. the traffic jam. scourge of 20th century city life. raiser of blood pressure. disrupter of supply chains. stealer of bedtime stories. polluter. frustrater. time thief. [cars honking]
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the storm is moving out of the region, but fierce winds and dangerously winds, flights have been canceled, including 274 at boston's logan airplane. 164 at newark 150 at la guardia and 141 at jfk. so travel on roads and highways is us pretty dicey, as cnn discovered when he braved the icy streams and he's noun in the town of seabrook. they have been removing snow from the rooftops. what else is going on? >> reporter: the roads are retch russ. we're get reports of a pileup on i-95. we hope that no one was
seriously hurt. as people are seeing the sun coming out, thinking it's safe to go out, that's proving to be a bad idea. the huge snow piles, that means reducing visibility and all that heavily packed snow leading to this. roof collapses. other reports in massachusetts and, fred one more dangerous factor the winds. this is what we are calling the gust o-meter. more that 20 miles an hour. these windchilling subzero, very dangerous to expos skin tonight, fred. >> my goodness get your hat on then youngman will ripley. thanks so much. >> reporter: i know i left it in the truck. i'm going to get it. >> yeah, cover up. . this winter weather may by warming up b. the south too?
major temperature drop about to be experienced. tom sader is joins us. >> and windchills down to minus 35. yesterday the high in atlanta was 60. this morning as you know in the single-digit windchills. advisories are in effect that contain the dangerous windchills in the northeast, but three different air masses have been sliding dow from the arctic circle. with each one we've been able to say the coldest air of the season and the next one trumps it. this one could cause fits for sitries farmers in florida, but here it comes. rain to the deep south. but then you get into the warning zone where significant icing and accumulation of snow that would be significant. here are the warnings from parts of oklahoma, into kansas i, across central missouri most of
arkansas will be in the ice, but these warnings will extend. maybe a half inch of ice to little rock memphis, st. louis could see 4 to 6, the state of kentucky could see more than a foot. this storm, frederick that may be heading not only to the mid-atlantic but maybe again boston as well. >> oh, gosh it's incredible. thanks so much tom. appreciate it. almost 24 hours later and the cease-fire in ukraine continues to hold. in one town it doesn't look or sound like the fighting as stopped. nick paton walsh takes a look next. still ahead, i talk inclusively to one of the artist who is survived the copenhagen terror attack. my interview with lars vilks, next.
all right. it's now been 24 hours since the cease-fire in eastern ukraine went into effect. so far it appears to be holding in most areas. there have been reports of shelling and gunfire in some areas, but observers say things are relatively calm. fighting between rebels and ukrainian forces had intensified in the days lating to this cease-fire. nick paton walsh is in eastern ukraine with more on the very fragile truce. >> reporter: the cease-fire didn't stop the fighting or even freeze it much. we went as far down the road as the ukrainance seemed to hold others by separatists indeed enled in bouts a few kilometers further. here they say the bridge is targeted shelling rings out for
hours. the ukrainian troops trapped inside fell down this room if not thousands of in the not using the supposed pause to escape. instead the deathly silence is broken by the sound of shelling and at times civilians still fleeing now for their lives. the shelling she says not as bad as it was, but there are still people there. cease-fire monitors said they were blocked from traveling down this road earlier, about you that the cease-fire was just about holding. it's dusk the pause is just a time to take stock of how much you have lost. it is the separatists pushing forward here but in the crossfire of heavy weapons, when even nursery schools have been hit. many locals feel anger at their government in kiev, for the most. natalia's home is here and she
fears her russian roots are under attack. who does this? she says utrain poroshenko don't film me they'll kill me. there's no rest, no calm. what are ukrainian soldiering doing here with automatic weapons, tamana asked? what are they doing here? we only have the elderly here. they knock on the door anton says take a guy just in his shorts and sandals, take him away the ukrainian national guard, that is. where, i don't know. the snow has settled along with new anger and hatred but still the sound of a war not yet resolved with peace. >> as nick paton walsh reports, thanks so much. still ahead, the fbi now helping to trace the gunman's
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me. we're learning more about a deadly terror attack in copenhagen denmarks as that city takes a moment to honor those victims. a vigil was held to remember the two victims. one shooting was at a free speech forum attended by a controversial artist the other as a synagogue. in all, two people were killed and five police officers injured. we have also learned the suspected gunman killed in a shootout this morning was 22 years old, a danish citizen and police say he had a history of criminal activity. a u.s. officials cnn that the fbi is now assisting with the
investigation. our erin mcpike is joining us. what more are we hearing from the administration? >> fred we in and out have a brand-new statement from state department spokesman jen tsaki. he says the united states condemns the terror attacks, the first attack was a meeting to discuss free speech the spec was against a synagogue. our deepest condolences and our those are with the individuals required. she goes on to say the u.s. is staying in touch with danish authorities, and the that the u.s. stands with denmark in standing up to anti-semitism and bigotry. as we discussed last hour we were waiting to see if the administration would lay out this characterization in light of president obama's comments last week that the attack on the kosher deli in paris was random following the "charlie hebdo"
murders. he got some criticism from that but now we're getting a clearer, stronger statement, and on top of that we know of course the fbi is assisting in this investigation. >> erin mcpike in washington thanks so much. >> of course. for more information on how you can help people impacted by the terror attacks in denmark, go to cnn.com/impactyourworld. he is on al qaeda's most wanted list and also survived the copenhagen attack. ahead, the interview with lars vilks, what he saw when the gunman opened fire.
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car for bombs. i spoke to him exclusively about the attacks in denmark. do you feel you were the targets perhaps for your depiction of the prophet muhammad back in 2007? >> yeah that's the best candidate we have i would say, because there is hardly anyone else who has kind of the level of threats there. but, of course we cannot be really sure. it's just the best shot we have at least at the moment. >> others died the first person to die in the attacks that began on saturday was a 40-year-old man. did you know him? >> no, i didn't. >> when you were in -- >> it seems that he was a person who passed by. i mean f. those who were in the
lecture room they were protected there by the police so this was a passersby who unlickyily happened to be in the wrong place. >> so take me back to this freedom of speech forum that you were sponsoring. what was the objective? what were you hoping would take place? and was security a big concern as well? >> yes, it's a wlekt further series concerning freedom of speech and arts and feminism things like that. the seminar was made by the committee, and they give me a place for lecturing, which is much more difficult in sweden. i think we had a good program this day, and everything started well. we took up the "charlie hebdo"
case and then to discussion but it was an introduction by the ambassador of france in copenhagen who actually talked about the situation there, and i think it was interesting. he finished we went on to the program. there was a woman from a feminist organization and she started to talk. when she had started, we suddenly heard a lot of -- a lot of noise. it was a bang bang bang. and very quickly we could understand that something was going on. the bodyguards immediately became active and the rest of the scene, and they took me and threw me into a storage room, together with the chairman and we were put up a table and guarded by police men with drawn guns and i understood that we
actually came into a safe hiding there. >> and at that point, did you think that you were the targets? earp the reason why that shooting was taking place? >> well i was -- yeah as i said before it's difficult to see, what could you aim for, really? what could you be against? i don't know. i'm on some kind of al qaeda list and it's very well known, and published now after the "charlie hebdo" case. i mean there are 11,000 on the list, now they said red cross and "charlie hebdo" reps and that, and i'm standing in the middle there. this thing was announced yeah maybe -- it seems not unreasonable to believe that. >> and once the shooting stopped or you felt it was safe for you to emerge to come out, what were
you thinking? feeling? what did you see? >> i didn't see anything. the gunman he attacked from the front. i mean he was probably trying to shoot himself in and for doing that he had to -- he had to pass the police. and there was -- i mean the most controversial thing going on in the whole drama, he was very well equipped. the policemen were not. he had an advantage. he was shooting through the glass doors there. that was very successful with his gun, while when the police were shooting back they had not so good againguns for this kind of fight. there were several policemen wounded, but still they tried to fire back. probably the gunman understood if he went through the glass,
then he would be lost from the policemen's fire. they were able to force him back but not without really efforts. the poor people in the lecture room i mean that was not taken away. they were hiding in corners, under tables just waiting for who was going to open the door here and who would come in. luckily it was one of the wounded policemen who actually came in there. >> and i realize as an artist your draw of the prophet muhammad was many years ago in 2007 and there are other artists who have rendered pictures of the prophet muhammad and angered many in the muslim community. there are authorses salman rushdie among them and the most recent with "charlie hebdo" being targeted as a result of
the same sentiment. sow do you feel responsible or have contributed to the sentiment that have inspired some people to resource to violence to express their anger about how the prophet muhammad has been depicted? >> well when you post a question on the political responsibility i mean religious symbols they are carrying list at least in this case they're carrying political decisions that follow certain dogmas so if you question the basic symbols of this it's pardon of a political conversation, and if you have people who want to go with guns and start murdering people, the thing you were do is put these people in prison because we can no the accept people murdering and trying in that way to stop
the discussion you have concerning our questions, which you do with the freedom of speech in a democracy. so i mean there are responsibilities of course not the one who is following the rules, and keeping a reasonable decision going is those people who try to stop it with violence and murder. >> do you rethink in any way the motivation behind your 2007 drawing? >> yeah i mean that was a kind of minor thing. this was more about the question about, again, in the article world. in every art exhibition you can see a political statement against bush and israel but you never have any questions about the islam thing, which actually then were very interesting
subjects after the danish care ka turs. so i wanted to at something to that discussion. why do you have such one-sided again in the art world. i didn't expect this to be something more from outside that area of exhibition and a misunderstanding which very often comes forward that when you make such a drawing, you immediately end up in an enormous interest and lots of violence. that is not the case. it's very rare that something actually becomes so interesting. if you fold the extort about this you will will see that it has to pass many, many levels of interest before it starts living
its own life and become -- known to become a symbol for hatred. >> at one time you were on an assassination list by al qaeda and other similar groups. to your knowledge, are you still on anyone's assassination list? and if so is that why you continue to travel with bodyguards? >> yeah i mean i'm now such a well-known targets. that's half the value, because these guys they work very much concerned with the media interest. if they want to kill someone, it should be someone who is well known, so everyone can actually have a reference to these things. that mile means when i go somewhere, i always bodyguards. i can't go anywhere on my own.
>> so now what? you narrowly escaped death in denmark denmark, how does this influence your next forum that you might arrange? your next public outing? >> yeah that's a very interesting question. to me -- there's two things here. one thing is those arranging the next meeting. the second is how will -- how will it be protected? and if there is something which cannot be protected, that is not my questions to answer. that's the questionsty tyat the higher level, but one has to understand they will take it seriously. still ahead, an american woman is behind bars in canada. police say she plotted with a
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west. they grew up together and very excited to go again each other in the all-star game. >> wow, very supportive but clearly very competitive still. that's cute. >> during the interviews throughout the week and the weekend, usually everyone is trying to talk to lebron or kevin durant the biggest scrum in all the media session were for the gasol brothers. i dived into a couple and asked them what it will be like tonight. take a listen. >> a once in a lifetime experience. it's very rare that two brothers -- this has never happened before but for this to be the first time is extremely meaningful. we're just thrilled as a family overwhelmed. it's a huge honor. we cannot wait to enjoy the experience. >> we played any sport. we go from tennis to ping-pong or bocce bald.
we do anything together. >> it will be fun. >> your slam dunk was with the micro microphone antidy scholes. thanks so much. all the action is tonight on tnt with the pregame show at 7:00 p.m. then the main event, 64th all-star game at 8:30. thanks for hangs out with me today. poppy harlow back in new york, with much more. \s . hi everyone you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm poppy harlow joining us in new york. this hour major developments in the war against terror police investigating yesterday's terror attack in copenhagen new details about why the gunman may have targeted a cartoonist for assassination. and